Born To Size, a winning five-year-old gelding by Sholokhov, was the main attraction at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot November Sale today. Trade saw a set of statistics finish with an aggregate of £420,900 an average of £4,575 and a median of £2,000. The median remained on par to last year and finished at 67%.
The sale topper, Born To Size (Lot 153) boasting decent form with a 2nd in a Maiden Hurdle during the summer and following that up with a win in a Beginners Chase at Thurles impressively by four lengths. Consignor Liam Burke's Winacre Stables, trained the gelding to both his successes and it was Tom Malone, who regularly makes his presence felt at this venue, who signed the docket at £35,000.
Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and American based Sean Clancy signed for the next highest price lot consigned by Alan King's Barbury Castle Stables. Gibralfaro (Lot 148), a winner of six races, both on the flat and over hurdles, was knocked down for £28,000.
Godolphin, consistently leading consignors at this venue, sold the third top lot at the Ascot November Sale. Wedding Photo (Lot 98), a Lonhro three-year-old filly who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner TOP SURPRISE, Listed winner DR JOHN'S and Listed placed Cosmic Queen heads to Ireland as trainer Peter Fahey secures her for £25,000.
At the conclusion of the sale, Director of Horses in Training Sales at Tattersalls Ireland Richard Pugh commented;
"A wide selection of customers arrived at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sales ring today representing a number of European countries and competing with domestic trainers and agents for predominantly form horses. Last year's sale saw significant increases in turnover (+53%), median (+44%) and average (+8%) and we are happy that this year's sale closely matched last year's results. We also succeeded in selling the same number of £10,000 as 2016. There is an appetite at Ascot for form horses and performing point to pointers and we will continue to work hard to attract these types, focusing on the next sale at Ascot on Monday 11 December."